The bad news in the January US jobs report

The flip side of this good news is that there were 3.6 million workers out during the month due to sickness—more than at any other time in recorded history.

The shortened quarantine time that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) implemented just prior to January may have played a role in keeping these workers on payrolls, but many suffered through these periods without paid sick leave, meaning January’s omicron wave could weigh down the gross domestic product (GDP) report.

The data also do not show that daily deaths from covid-19 in the US have now reached 2,600 on average.

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